aws to launch new funding programs for trustworthy artificial intelligence

austria wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws) is launching three new grants for trustworthy artificial intelligence as part of "AI Enterprise and growth”. Join digital info hours for additional information.

The new programs at a glance:

  • AI-Start“ supports the first-time use of AI in companies with up to €15,000
  • „AI-Adoption“ supports innovative AI projects up to €150,000
  • „AI-Knowledge“ advises and finances AI knowledge and intellectual property strategy development in companies with up to 20 aws consulting hours and up to €20,000

"AI-Adoption” in detail

The aim of the funding is to trustworthy handling of AI into business practice and to prepare companies for the upcoming EU regulations, standards and certifications of AI. Are you or the companies in your network planning to develop new products, services or business models - possible for the first time through the use of trustworthy AI? Do you want the AI used in the process to be legitimate, non-discriminatory, and robust, thus meeting the requirements for trustworthy AI? And you want to prepare for future regulations, standards, norms and certifications in the AI field in good time? Then the AI Adoption Call offers you the chance to receive funding of up to €150,000 for piloting and initial implementation. The funding is aimed at start-ups, SMEs and large companies from all fields such as energy transition, environmental, climate protection, circular economy, information and communication technologies, production, mobility transition, space, aviation and health.

Entrepreneurs and companies can submit their solutions via the aws Funding Manager until March 31, 2023. All projects will then be evaluated in a two-stage process. First, a pre-selection is made by aws experts. Then the best projects present their project to an external jury. The results will be announced in June 2023.

All details can be found at

"AI-Start” in detail

In the funding program aws Digitalization | AI-Start, SMEs are supported with a new call for the first-time implementation of trustworthy AI projects. In collaboration with a cooperation and implementation partner, an AI project is planned, implemented and implemented at least in a pilot. As part of the call, SMEs have the opportunity to receive a grant of a maximum of €15,000.

Submission starts on February 1 and is possible until March 31, 2023.

More info can be found at:

"AI Mission Austria"

“AI Enterprise and growth” is part of "AI Mission Austria", the joint initiative of aws, FFG and FWF on artificial intelligence. By providing comprehensive funding from basic research through applied research to entrepreneurial implementation, a significant contribution is made to build a sustainable ecosystem around the key technology of Artificial Intelligence. AI Mission Austria is financed by the Austrian Future Fund with a total of €12 million.

Digital aws info hour on February 3, 2023, 11-12 a.m.

Join the meeting online for an overview on all three programs. To register, please follow this link:

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